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Dispelling Some Popular Myths About I-502

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I-502 will legalize cannabis.
I-502 does not allow people to grow cannabis for personal consumption. In fact, even the production of hemp will still be outlawed. I-502 simply creates a legal exception for one ounce.It also creates a brand new prohibition that will cause cannabis users to be wrongfully imprisoned. People under 21 can be convicted of DUI for merely being in the presence of cannabis smoke.

I-502 allows you to buy an ounce a day.
You can only possess one ounce at a time. Unless you can consume an entire ounce in one day, you will not be able to buy an ounce a day.
I-502 will eliminate the black market.
I-502 will actually encourage the black market because of its unreasonable tax structure. Cannabis would be subject to a 25% tax if it is transferred from producer to processor. It would be taxed again (25%) when it is transferred to the distributor. There is potential for another 25% tax if the cannabis is distributed to individual stores. Of course, the consumer would need to pay a 25% tax when purchasing the cannabis. This tax structure makes it impossible to compete with the flat rate offered by black market dealers.The above is based on the assumption that the Federal Government will not intervene. Considering the intense battle with law enforcement in medical marijuana states across the country, it’s highly unlikely that commercial sales to recreational users will be allowed.

 

Marijuana will be regulated like alcohol.
You can only grow cannabis with a special permit from the State, unlike beer (hops) or wine (grapes), which can both be produced without a permit in the confines of your home.

 

I-502 makes cannabis completely legal.
Currently, you can possess up to 40 grams and only recieve a misdemeanor.I-502 does not allow people to grow cannabis for personal consumption. In fact, even the production of hemp will still be outlawed. I-502 simply creates a legal exception for one ounce.

It also creates a brand new prohibition that will cause cannabis users to be wrongfully imprisoned. People under 21 can be convicted of DUI for merely being in the presence of cannabis smoke.

 

I-502 will protect cannabis users from arrest.
I-502 will only empower law enforcement to make more arrests. In order to receive a permit to legally produce, process and/or distribute cannabis, I-502 requires a person to admit -in writing- their intention to break FEDERAL drug laws. It then requires the state officials who administer the new law to cooperate with federal authorities.I-502 also contains provisions that will cause cannabis users to be convicted of DUI, even if they are stone-cold sober, simply because they have THC in their blood.

I-502 will create a bunch of small businesses.
Considering the Federal Government is shutting down the operation of medical marijuana businesses, it’s highly unlikely that they will allow commercial sales to recreational users. Once commercial sales are eliminated (through the courts or intervention by the Feds), all Washington state is left with is a legal exception for one ounce, a felony for anything more than that and a DUI provision that will cause countless individuals to be wrongfully arrested, imprisoned and branded with a criminal record for life.